Monthly Archives: November 2022


The biography Ted Byfield deserves

Paul Tuns, Review: Prairie Lion: The Life & Times of Ted Byfield by Jonathon Van Maren (Christian Heritage Press, $19.50, 247 pages) When Jonathon Van Maren set out to write the biography of Ted Byfield, he was amazed that one had not already been written. As the author notes, if Byfield had floated in the stream of fashionable opinion, he would have been [...]

2022-11-11T11:31:08-05:00November 11, 2022|Reviews|

Atlantic Canada pro-lifers deal with Hurricane Fiona

Mary Zwicker: Image: Globe and Mail On Sept. 24, Hurricane Fiona touched down in eastern Canada, wreaking havoc on the Atlantic provinces. While the hurricane destroyed homes, left some Canadians without power for weeks, and even forced the cancellation of some pro-life events, the pro-life movement has taken this opportunity to comment on how such a terrible event can further [...]

2022-11-11T11:17:27-05:00November 11, 2022|Abortion|

What are bad manners in a massacre?

Josie Luetke: Interim writer, Josie Luetke, Talk Turkey Imagine someone intent on climbing Mount Everest asks a sherpa for the lowdown. The sherpa would be doing nobody any favours if he omits the dangers of this climb, or focuses only on the joys of summiting, because he wants to spare the climber’s feelings rather than voice his doubt about the [...]

2022-11-10T10:53:33-05:00November 10, 2022|Abortion|

Prudential pro-life legislation

Rory Leishman: In a nationwide poll conducted shortly after the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States on June 24 to overturn Roe v. Wade, the authoritative, non-partisan Pew Research Center found that 57 per cent of Americans disapproved of the ruling. In this same poll, 62 per cent said they believed abortion should be legal “in all or most [...]

2022-11-10T10:51:16-05:00November 10, 2022|Abortion, Politics|

Where are the pro-life MPs

On so-called “Safe Abortion Day” in September, most pro-abortion MPs acknowledged the day. In May and June when the Dobbs decision was leaked and officially released, overturning the infamous Roe decision, many federal and provincial pro-abortion politicians criticized the decision while you could count on one hand the number of pro-life MPs who applauded it. When Queen’s Park resumed in the summer [...]

2022-11-09T08:27:43-05:00November 9, 2022|Abortion, Politics|

Pro-life MPs remain silent as left-wing MPs celebrate ‘Safe Abortion Day’

Prime Minister, cabinet celebrate abortion, insist there should be more Paul Tuns: Sept. 28 was International “Safe Abortion Day,” and numerous Canadians acknowledged it on Twitter and in the House of Commons. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: "Canadians have had access to safe and legal abortions for almost 35 years. To those who continue to fight for their safety and bodily autonomy: [...]

2022-11-09T08:25:14-05:00November 9, 2022|Abortion, Politics|

Faith, Force, and Reason

Faith, Force, and Reason: An Armchair History of the Rule of Law David M. Beatty (University of Toronto Press, $40 pb, 336 pages): David M. Beatty, professor emeritus in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, has written a truly remarkable and valuable book, Faith, Force, and Reason. In the preface he sets out his project: “This is a book [...]

2022-11-08T09:43:20-05:00November 8, 2022|Politics, Reviews|

Legal challenge on N.B. abortion funding

Mary Zwicker The New Brunswick government has long come under fire for its refusal to fund private abortion mills, including Clinic 554 in Fredericton, but in 2020, the controversy moved from the political arena to the legal system as it was drawn into a lawsuit over the issue, which is still ongoing.   While provinces across Canada are required by the Canada [...]

2022-11-08T09:35:46-05:00November 8, 2022|Abortion|

From abortion to infant euthanasia

Last month, Dr. Louis Roy of the Quebec College of Physicians testifying at the Commons’ Special Joint Committee of Medical Assistance in Dying called for euthanasia for infants up to the age of one who are born with “severe malformations” and “grave and severe syndromes” when a physician reckons there is little chance for survival or whose suffering is deemed too much. [...]

2022-11-07T12:47:56-05:00November 7, 2022|Abortion, Euthanasia|

Quebec physicians call for infant euthanasia

Paul Tuns: During Oct. 7 testimony at the Commons’ Special Joint Committee of Medical Assistance in Dying, Dr. Louis Roy, speaking on behalf of the Quebec College of Physicians, called for euthanasia for infants up to age one who are born with "severe malformations" and "grave and severe syndromes" when physicians believe there is little chance for survival, setting off a firestorm [...]

2022-11-07T12:13:15-05:00November 7, 2022|Abortion|

The Statesman as Thinker: Portraits of Greatness, Courage and Moderation

The Statesman as Thinker: Portraits of Greatness, Courage and Moderation Daniel J. Mahoney (Encounter, $41, 231 pages): Daniel Maloney, a political philosopher whose byline appears regularly in conservative publications exploring big ideas, has written a highly readable book examining statesmanship through the lens of exemplary figures as Edmund Burke, Alexis de Tocqueville, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle and Vaclav Havel, [...]

2022-11-05T08:57:03-04:00November 4, 2022|Politics, Reviews|

Life Chain reaches almost 300 Canadian communities

Interim Staff: On Oct. 2, the first Sunday of October, pro-lifers in almost 300 communities across Canada participated in Life Chain, which Campaign Life Coalition noted was “a substantial increase from the 270 Life Chain locations last year, and the approximately 250 Life Chain locations in years prior.” Josie Luetke, Campaign Life Coalition director of education and advocacy and a member of [...]

2022-11-03T08:19:32-04:00November 4, 2022|Abortion|

Curing Mad Truths: Medieval Wisdom for the Modern Age

Curing Mad Truths: Medieval Wisdom for the Modern Age Rémi Brague (Notre Dame, $34 pb, 142 pages): The French Catholic conservative Rémi Brague’s latest English-language book, Curing Mad Truths -- based on a series of lectures to English-speaking audiences -- examines the fundamental problems with modernity and finds the cure for the errors of modern man’s ways in the Middle Ages. Brague [...]

2022-11-03T08:06:09-04:00November 3, 2022|Reviews|

Lewis, Block, Moore among Poilievre’s ‘shadow cabinet’

Paul Tuns: After Leslyn Lewis finished third in the party's leadership, pro-life Canadians were eager to see whether she would make newly minted Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre's leadership team or list of critics. Poilievre named his leadership team in early September, days after winning the leadership on the first ballot, with two openly homosexual MPs being named to important positions: Melissa Lantsman [...]

2022-11-02T11:04:13-04:00November 2, 2022|Politics|

Conscience rights’ bill defeated in House of Commons vote

Paul Tuns: On Oct. 5, Kelly Block's private member's bill, Bill C-230, The Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act, was defeated in a 203-115 vote. Every Conservative MP present for the vote, including leader Pierre Poilievre, voted for the bill, along with independent MP Kevin Vuong (Spadina-Fort York). All present Liberal, NDP, Bloc, and Green MPs voted against the bill.  During debate [...]

2022-11-02T10:49:50-04:00November 2, 2022|Euthanasia, Politics|
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